Bicycle Lotus is on sale for a week starting August 2 at only $6.95 (30% off)! Order it for yourself and your book club before the price returns to $10. Extra luck for poets who order on August 4. Click here to order.
I'll be reading from Bicycle Lotus at 6:30 on Thursday, July 14, in Robert Frost's barn, followed by a reading from New Hampshire's current poet laureate, Alice B. Fogel, finishing with an open mic. Free. Donations to Hyla Brook Poets welcome. A good excuse to make a road trip to Derry, NH.
My first poem in Strange Horizons! "Godmotherless" is a speculation about what you do in a fairy tale without a fairy godmother character. There's also a podcast of it. And if you still don't get it, read the Quick Sips review.
That's the title of a new poem published in issue 3 of the up-and-coming Mithila Review. This poem received a whole paragraph of review from Quick Sip Reviews by Charles Payseur. He understood my poem and intentions perfectly! How cool is that? Read the poem (or hear me read it on the Mithila site) and then read the review.
"After the Circus Leaves" opens Issue #29 of the renowned Silver Blade Magazine. (Once in awhile, there are advantages to having a surname that starts with a B.) This one is about a conscientious scarecrow. Click the title of this post to enjoy!
My award-winning chapbook, BICYCLE LOTUS, is now available from Left Fork on Amazon. The poems and flash essays (in the Japanese haibun tradition) are presented as a chronological narrative that explores the choices we make to embrace and reject the wild world as we struggle to find our place in it. The gorgeous cover was painted by Katherine West.
I won! I am over the lucky blue moon about this. My chapbook about place, wildness, ethics, beauty, and balance, BICYCLE LOTUS, will be published by FootHills Press around December.
"I have never seen so much insight, understanding, passion, and fight packed into any chapbook before. This is what a chapbook should be all about--a precise and mind expanding voyage into a state of mind that could not be entered into through a longer work--and yet contains more than any work of similar size possibly could."--Jared Smith, Editor, Turtle Island Quarterly
I moved my Japan slideshow to my website on the Bio page.
About the Author
Most Americans who move to Japan are already in love with their idea of Japan. My feelings were neutral. I had a fresh graduate degree and jobs for English majors were scarce. I was lucky to get a prestigious Visiting Professorship at a national Japanese university and I was up for adventure. I didn't know I would be the first woman and the first American to hold that job. I was in for more groundbreaking than I imagined, but while Japan's invisible expectations were stressful, my students made my job the most fulfilling one I've had. I wanted to show aspects of Japan I hadn't found in books written by men (who experience an entirely different culture), but I didn't want to add to the cliche genre of personal memoir about gaijin in Asia. Fiction was the way I could show the humor and charm of a country that seems crazy and frustrating to a Western ex-pat. This blog explains how my actual experience informed my novel. Start by buying American Fuji and visit this blog for behind-the-scenes extras.